REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded three new cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday, while Cottonwood County reported two new cases and Rock County one new case. They were among 1,105 new cases statewide during the single-day reporting period, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 580,340 (positive and antigen tests), with 559,036 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,544 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, another three deaths were recorded across Minnesota for the one-day period, all of whom lived in private residences. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,163, including 4,370 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results and deaths as reported by MDH, recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) as of April 29, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday shows:

  • Nobles County: 4,064 cases; 3,961 recoveries; 48 deaths; 56%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,615 cases; 1,557 recoveries; 21 deaths; 54%.

  • Jackson County: 1,208 cases; 1,168 recoveries; 11 deaths; 45%.

  • Murray County: 1,052 cases; 1,020 recoveries; nine deaths; 50%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,136 cases; 1,075 recoveries; 26 deaths; 51%.

  • Rock County: 1,267 cases; 1,213 recoveries; 19 deaths; 48%.

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A free saliva testing site for COVID-19 is open at the Worthington Event Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The testing site will be closed May 6-9.

Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 29 include the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

All Minnesota residents aged 16 and older are now eligible for coronavirus vaccines. The Public Health department encourages all eligible individuals to seek vaccination. Private providers in Worthington include Access Family Medical Clinic/Avera Medical Group, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Sanford Health, Sterling Drug and Walgreens.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 395,349 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,959 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,661 positive cases (one new case); 2,288 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,577 positive cases (no new cases); 1,478 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 805 positive cases (one new case); 708 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,424,024 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 577,054 Americans have died from the virus.

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